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The Aga Khan Music Initiative's Aga Khan Ensemble will perform a Navroz concert at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon on 23 March 2017. The Ensemble brings together leading artists whose performance will celebrate the richness and diversity of cultures that honour Navroz ( Nowruz) — the Welcoming of Spring.
The Aga Khan Ensemble is a collective of master musicians who create new music inspired by their own deep roots in the cultural heritage of the Middle East and Mediterranean Basin, South Asia, Central Asia, West Africa, and China. Venerated performers and composer-arrangers who appear on the world’s most prestigious stages, these leading artistic collaborators also serve as teachers, mentors and curators who enrich the Aga Khan Music Initiative’s interregional network of education programmes.
Linking countries and continents, and present and past through explorations of diverse forms of classical, folk, jazz, and contemporary concert music, the Ensemble contributes strongly to the Music Initiative’s mission to invigorate cultural and intellectual pluralism in the nations it serves. In forging this contribution, the Aga Khan Ensemble brings to life a new body of artistic work that is at once seamless, surprising, and exuberantly original.